For my own accountability I try to post moments of savings and spending. I can later look back and decide if they added enough value to justify the cost, or if I skimped too much and should have invested more. It's a balancing act.
- We had a Wednesday night supper of cleaning out the odds and ends of the freezer. It pretty much was just oven baking items-a pizza, boneless buffalo chicken, and sweet potato fries, but we all had long days at work and school, got home well past 6:00 and no one felt like cooking. There was even a couple slices of pizza left for DH to warm up on Thursday. With the remnants of salad fixings and fruit, not any worse nutritionally than had we picked up take out, and we used up stuff that might have ended up wasted. Not that we made a difficult choice, but it is so easy to justify take out when our schedules are busy.
- It was my turn to pick up the coffee tab with my friend and colleague N. I had left home extra early and my stomach was rumbling and with my new medication, need to eat something. I added a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal to my coffee order, and N just had an Americano. With a tip, it came in at just shy of $15. Spendy yes, but it was my first work indulgence of the month. In the future, I would plan better and not spend over $4 for oatmeal when a couple instant oatmeal packets would have been 1/8th the price, but in general, I am OK with this splurge.
- It is employee appreciation week, to coincide with teacher appreciation week. There have been some extra social events such as a desert bar crawl and Thursday was a double food truck day. Having just splurged on coffee, I skipped both the Hockey Mom's Brownie truck, though so hard to do, but at $5 a brownie, I didn't need the expense nor calories. I also skipped the Tator Tot truck. I did enjoy the music played by coworkers while I ate my canned soup, from my desk stash.
- Oh, and I participated in the bar crawl by making "blondies" with a $1 cake mix, and part of the leftover stash of chocolate chips from Christmas baking. I had a meeting at the same time, so didn't get to to partake in the treats, but a lovely coworker set out my bars for me and selected a couple of her favorite bars for me to sample on Wednesday morning.
- I was happy to learn back pay raise funds for the portion of my job between July 1 and July 26th were added on my check this week. While I was expecting only a little bump of about $55 net since my positioned changed on July 26, I learned I actually got the back pay from July 1 to my official promotion date of November 15 so my check had a few hundred more in it. Coworkers were discussing the back pay ( I had already gotten another back pay from my new position from November 15-March 31), some quite substantial since it was nearly 10 months of their raise in one check. Many were putting towards expenses already committed or boosting a savings account, but more than one decided it was pure mad money. Me, I'll mentally be applying it towards the financial blip for our trip.
- For Mothers Day, DH and his siblings are each going in $75 for a watch type emergency alert. This is more than double what we would have typically spent on a MD gift with taking her out for brunch, but I think it will be worth every penny and then some for peace of mind. She is an active and mostly healthy 77 year old, but lives and drives frequently out of town to visit friends and relatives alone.
- I donated $10 to the baccalaureate breakfast for graduating seniors. Not required, but church hopes parents of juniors help with effort and expenses.
- Yesterday was cold and with my day off, I thought a crock pot soup was in order. This was my cheapo Pasta Fagiole soup, that even using non sale ingredients makes a huge crock full for around $5, feeding us well, plus some for the freezer or future lunches for me. I rescued some hidden asparagus by cutting the wilted-slimy tips, but threw the stalks into the soup for added nutritional value and neither family member noticed.
- I find the Dollar Tree a bit of a money suck. I needed a confirmation card so intentionally only walked in with 53 cents. Am I being too tight, or did I save myself not buying $1 priced stuff I don't need?
What were your spending saves and splurges for the week? Would you have spent similarly to me in the past week?